||Children's and Young Adult Programs/Reading Promotion and Literacy
||Librarian's Instructional Role/Teaching Resources, K-12
Join the world of balloons, pancakes, and musical instruments—just a few items that can help to improve early literacy in the library, in the classroom, and at home. Literacy builders covered range from music and instruments to magnetic letters, alphabet beads, and even food.
Literacy is a popular topic of discussion among librarians. Especially important is "early literacy," what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. In this book, experienced librarians Kathy Barco and Melanie Borski-Howard share hands-on techniques that they have used to successfully promote early literacy and encourage family involvement.
Storytime and Beyond teaches readers how to use "literacy doodads"—inexpensive props that add excitement to storytimes and can be used outside the library or classroom—to enhance the basic components of any early literacy program: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Many of the doodads can be created as family do-it-yourself projects, and some can be adapted to work with non-readers of any age. Instruments can also be a great way to get children's attention and teach literacy skills, whether it's a drum to beat while reading a story or a maraca for children to shake during a song, and lesson plans for musical storytimes address how to use rhythm, singing, and dancing to make early literacy fun.
- Teaches librarians how to use storytimes to build literacy skills in pre-readers of all ages
- Outlines all of the steps necessary to carry out pre-literacy storytimes, displays, and outreach activities with photos, examples, and instructions for librarians and families
- Offers ideas for using inexpensive "doodads," especially those including letters of the alphabet, to build literacy skills
- Details how the musical and nonmusical can add musical elements to storytime to improve literacy
- Provides tips for engaging caretakers in storytime so that children may continue learning at home
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"What a great resource! The authors are passionate about their subject—making reading fun. I can't imagine a better way to bring books alive."
"As an educator, hooking individuals of all levels on literacy is my highest priority. When the world of reading opens up and sparks a fire inside, my job is accomplished. I can hardly wait to use many of the ideas in this book as kindling!"
"These inspired book zealots make their creative, brilliant, practical approaches to literacy as easy as ABC. A fun must-have for anyone sharing books with children."
"Storytime and Beyond is unique in scope, and the authors' enthusiasm shines through in every word. I would recommend this resource to new youth librarians and literacy coaches, but the coverage of alphabet books, props, and musical storytimes make it just as valuable for established professionals. This book puts decades of storytime and early literacy experience at your fingertips."
"Finally, an early literacy manual that is not just a list of books, but a how-to guide with practical, useful ideas to pair with new books and beloved storytime favorites. The conversational style of the manual makes me feel like I am sitting in my living room swapping storytime and program ideas with the authors. This is a manual for everyone—no fancy degree or years of experience required to use or understand it."
"A fun, hands-on guide to turning even the most reluctant reader into a bookworm."
"Barco and Borski-Howard have written a winning, diverse, creative, and tested early literacy guide! Their commitment to literacy as a fun-filled activity for librarians to capture children's hearts and minds is evident throughout this amusing DIY book. Presenting essential tips based on the authors' professional experiences, it is also a great reference for the beginner or the burned-out early literacy librarian."